As our senses fill with sights and smells of the holiday season, these shopping and travel ideas are sure to make lasting memories for your family and friends:
Featuring more than 40 vendors and no admission fee, the 39th Annual Farmville Christmas Show will take place Nov. 10-11. Presented in partnership with Centra Southside Community Hospital, all proceeds benefit STEPS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that aids residents of 11 Southside Virginia counties through workforce development, HeadStart education services and housing assistance.
That same weekend, you’ll find 140 vendors showcasing their best homemade crafts at the Augusta Expo Event Center’s 39th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show. Conveniently located near the intersection of I-81 and I-64, this is the perfect place for unique gifts – or finding that extra-special item for yourself!
Still stumped about what to get several names on your holiday gift list? Consider Virginia peanuts! Those grown in the southeastern part of our state have the largest kernels of any variety, making them ideal for enjoying whole or prepared into delectable, nutritious snacks. For 25 years, the Good Earth Peanut Company of Skippers has provided tasty, made-to-order gift baskets and popular assorted nut samplers.
The Virginia Peanut Growers Association is the research, promotion, and education entity for Virginia’s peanut farmers. The Association jointly maintains the website aboutpeanuts.com with North and South Carolina growers. On this site customers can shop for famous Virginia peanuts from a number of retailers and have them shipped just in time for holiday enjoyment.
Bring the whole family to Downtown South Boston for their annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1, and celebrate “A Charlie Brown Christmas”! Entries include high school marching bands, floats, musical groups, fire trucks, antique cars, dogs, equestrian entries, and of course the Jolly Old Elf himself … Santa!
Want the “gift” of some quality down-time? Why not get away to a place where life runs at a slower pace by planning a trip to Edisto Beach. After passing through South Carolina’s Low Country on a National Scenic Byway, you and your family will enjoy vast stretches of nature and pristine, crowd-free beaches.